The good fight

One of Jo Cox’s last acts: Signing a motion celebrating women’s right to vote

Tributes are left in memory of Jo Cox MP on Parliament Square on June 17, 2016 in London. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Just days before being brutally killed while working in her northern England constituency, British MP Jo Cox signed a motion that recognized and celebrated the early campaigners for votes for women. Cox died on Thursday after being shot and stabbed in broad daylight, following a meeting with constituents in Birstall near Leeds. Police have arrested and questioned a 52-year-old man in connection with the events.

On Monday, the progressive Labour MP signed a motion that celebrated the beginning of the campaign for women’s suffrage, 150 years ago, and honored the tireless work of suffragettes such as Millicent Fawcett and Emmeline Pankhurst. Included in the celebrations was the unveiling of a light sculpture in the Houses of Parliament, “New Dawn,” by artist Mary Branson.

Other issues Cox had lent her support to included changes to ensure state pension equality for women, and a motion addressing issues faced by people who do not identify as either male or female.

Cox, 41, was married with two young children. In a tribute to his “much loved colleague,” Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said Cox’s children “can be immensely proud of what she did, what she achieved and what she stood for.”

Read the full story at the BBC.


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